The Study Of Gemstones (Gemology)
Published or Revised October 14, 2022
Gemology: The science dealing with gemstones.
What makes a ruby red? Why is an emerald green, or a topaz yellow? Are all sapphires blue? What makes a diamond sparkle, or an opal glow?
How and why?
In the gemology curriculum, a unique marriage of science and art, will teach you how, why, and a great deal more.
PJC offers a one-semester certificate in Gemology. Completion requires 18 credit hours.
Through lectures, demonstrations, and textbook study you will learn how to use scientific methods and non-invasive testing procedures during hands-on lab sessions to recognize, identify and classify colored gemstones; identify and grade diamonds using the Four Cs (color, clarity, cut and carat weight); distinguish between natural and cultured pearls; plus many other highly desirable and marketable skills.
You will also learn:
- The history and folklore of gemstones and diamonds.
- Where in the world they occur naturally.
- How labs worldwide are growing their own gems for fun and profit.
For more information, contact PJC Jewelry / Gemology / CAD Instructor Arby Magill at 903-782-0383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.